Do you guys realize that one week from today, we’ll know what the Chicago Bears did with their first round (3rd overall) pick in the 2017 NFL Draft? Will it a be a safety, a quarterback, a corner, a defensive lineman, a wide receiver, or maybe a trade back?
Chicago Bears general manager, Ryan Pace, has been a best player available drafter through two drafts, but with a need to get a young quarterback in the program, will he alter his approach? Then again, maybe his draft board will be different than the internet scouts and NFL analysts and he’ll have a QB or 2, or 3, up near the top of his board.
ESPN Insider, Todd McShay, recently took a look at the top five needs for all 32 teams and here’s what he came up with for the Chicago Bears.
5 Tech Defensive End
McShay won’t get an argument from me. Here’s his reasoning for listing those needs.
Free-agent signing Quintin Demps turned 32 in June, so don't be surprised if Chicago looks to get younger at safety in the draft. The Bears will probably have their pick of the two elite safety prospects in this class at No. 3 overall: LSU's Jamal Adams and Ohio State's Malik Hooker. Adams has more versatility -- he's an elite run defender and fluid in coverage -- whereas Hooker is a true ball hawk in the middle of the field.
QB Mike Glennon's three-year deal is really a one-year, prove-it contract with two team options tacked onto the end. The Bears need a developmental backup after they lost Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley in free agency. Chicago seems to have good depth at defensive end, but the Bears lack a versatile playmaker. If they opt against taking a safety in Round 1, Alabama DL Jonathan Allen could be in play.
Demps needs a running mate at safety, and even though the Bears added a few corners, they could use a homegrown drafted player to develop.
Whether Glennon pans out or not, getting a young QB is a must. This franchise needs a legitimate developmental prospect in the system.
Finding a playmaker to line up opposite Akiem Hicks and next to Eddie Goldman could make this front 3 one of the better threesomes in the NFL. And while I’m hopeful that Kevin White can come back 100%, stay healthy, and become the player he has the potential to be, I think the Bears would like to add a young wide out to the mix.
What do you guys think about these five needs?